The film marks the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman’s son, Jake, and follows a struggling asthmatic on a road trip with his crush.

The film centers on Gus, who is suffocating in life both figuratively and literally because of his asthma attacks. Gus only sees hope in Ruby, a confident tattoo artist. The two take an impromptu trip out of the city in a stolen classic convertible, and Ruby warns him not to fall in love with her, but it’s easier said than done. “Asthma” stars Benedict Samuel and Krysten Ritter alongside Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette, Goran Visnjic, Dov Tiefenbach, Rene Ricard and Iggy Pop.

“Asthma” is set to be released on October 23.


Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.

Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom DiCillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope for Film”) won the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic prize. Engrained in the Sundance folklore is the ongoing blood, sweat and tears struggle of the American independent filmmaker, which also acts as a testament to the hard-working indie film community at large (shout out goes to the producers and technicians behind the camera). There is a method to the madness, and it’ll likely never change.

Prior to the exciting announcements that will be made in early December, last week I proposed four days worth of predictions, a total of 80 films (including 15 docu films) that have, in my opinion Sundance written all over them. Truth be told, some are expected longshots, there are the next to no-shots, some will land elsewhere and a good chunk will indeed be part of the line-up. Here is a batch of 30 other titles that we took a long, hard look at and finally didn’t include in our prediction profiles, but wouldn’t be surprised if a handful do trickle into one of the ten programmed sections.

  • Actress Marianna Palka saw her debut film Good Dick land at 2008 edition of the fest and she now appears to be back into creative mode with a pair of projects. The one we are zeroing in on is titled Worthy and stars Gillian Zinser, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas.

“The Blind Side” star Quinton Aaron, “Twilight Saga” actor Edi Gathegi and “90210” actress Gillian Zinser are set to star in British writer Ben Caird’s feature directorial debut “Halfway,” TheWrap has learned.

Jonny Paterson is producing the movie, which Aaron will executive produce with former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (“Beasts of No Nation”), Tommy Oliver and longtime entertainment executives Bonnie Greenberg and Jonathan Baker.

Also read: ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Takes Films Like ‘The Help’ and ‘The Blind Side’ to Task (Video)

“Halfway” stars Aaron as Byron, a recently-released convict who finds himself trapped between two worlds — his urban criminal past and his new life as the only black man in a predominantly white, conservative Wisconsin farming town. The film chronicles Byron’s struggles as he adapts to his new life on probation, while trying to elude the very real threat of relapsing into his old life of crime.

Zinser will play the eldest daughter of Byron’s new family for whom he becomes a friend and confidante, while Gathegi plays Paulie, Byron’s lifelong pal who hasn’t been afforded the same second chance.

Amy Pietz and TJ Power will co-star in the film, which started production earlier this week on location in Montfort, WI.

Also read: ‘Blind Side’ Producer Molly Smith Forms Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With Alcon

The “Halfway” filmmakers intend for the movie to serve as a commentary on the fractured incarceration system in America and the serious socio-economic implications that result from recidivism (the reincarceration of released felons for a similar crime within a short period of time). The American prison system has been at a breaking point for years, with a 700% growth in inmate population since 1973 that now stands at 2.4 million — higher than any other democratic nation in the world. Coupled with the discouraging statistic that nearly 66% of released prisoners will find themselves back in prison within three years, and approximately 75% within five years, it’s clear that more should be done to ensure that released prisoners are given the opportunity for an actual second chance.

The executive team behind “Halfway” supports entertainment that illuminates social conflict, and specifically develops projects that aim to inspire social change. To that end, they have announced plans to form the Halfway Foundation, which will seek to raise awareness for and create more public initiatives towards reducing recidivism rates.


Canadian production outfit Incendo has begun shooting its latest movie, Custody, on location in Montreal.

The film stars Gillian Zinser (Liars All) and Ryan Blakely (Dream House), with Tristan Dubois (Stealing Paradise, Surrender) directing. The movie tells the story of an in-home nurse single mother whose daughter is abducted, leaving her to decide whether she can hold one of her patients hostage and ultimately kill him.

Custody is produced with the participation of Bell Media. Jean Bureau, Incendo’s president and CEO, will exec produce.

“We are excited to be starting another new production with Gillian and Ryan,” Bureau said. “Custody continues our objective to take new and exciting roads with our stories and offer character-driven thrillers that will appeal to a young-adult audience worldwide.”


From convincing Catt Sadler to hand over a super-cute Stylestalker dress to inspiring Emily Schuman to let go of the DVF number she wore on her book cover, Closet Rich‘s Elizabeth Kott has a knack for collecting covetable closet cast-offs in the name of charity. Her latest target is Gillian Zinser of 90210 fame.

In support of the Waves for Water Hurricane Sandy Relief initiative, the LA-based actress and style-setter has donated tons of her personal vintage fashion gems to CR, which are up on the site right now. Selects include a $200 Budweiser tee, a $150 intricately beaded belt and $70 hot pink embroidered shorts. 50% of the proceeds benefit the cause, so get your philanthropy on and shop up.

· Closet Rich [Official Site]
· Waves for Water [Official Site]


Dear Friend,

Happy Holidays!

I have really exciting news to share with you about making a difference in Haiti. As you know, Artists for Peace and Justice has made huge progress over the past few years there, and with your help we are building the first free secondary school in the nation that now educates 1,400 students. With your continued SUPPORT, it will soon educate many more.

To help this year I’ve joined the Mozilla Firefox Challenge on Crowdrise to raise money for APJ. In addition to receiving the proceeds raised online, the charity that raises the most money by January 10th gets a $50,000 bonus from Mozilla! We are determined to win, but we need your help.

Please click HERE to donate to the campaign. If you want to do more, you can join the team and start your own fundraiser by creating a page and spreading the word to your family and friends. To create an account and join the team click the “fundraise” button at the top right corner of my page to get started.

Education can change the world and we would be honored for you to be a part of the change with us this holiday season. Please DONATE and let’s continue together to make a difference in Haiti.

With gratitude,

Gillian Zinser

P.S. Any contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way. Please DONATE today!


Gillian Zinser and Luke Grimes both rumored for the new movie, according to IMDB.

Synopsis:

On their way to a brand new life in Los Angeles, Alex and Scarlett stop over in a sleepy Southwestern town. Scarlett vanishes, and an otherworldly mystery unfolds.


Ivy is getting a demotion.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Gillian Zinser will not be returning to 90210 as a series regular for the soap’s fifth season.

The downgrade should come as little surprise considering Ivy was last seen running away to Mexico with her soon-to-be deported boyfriend, Diego, in the show’s season finale.

A CW rep maintains that Zinser will return as a guest star, although it’s unclear for how many episodes.

Zinser joined the just-renewed CW soap in early Season 2 as West Bev’s token hippie-chic surfer girl.

Are you sad that there will be less Ivy on 90210?

Gillian also have posted few words at her Twitter page:

pardon my absence, friends! i’ve been traveling and trying to be IN the real world and OFF the computer as much as possible.

yes, yes, the rumor’s true…i felt the time had come to shed ivy’s skin and change up the adventure! that girl has had a HEAVY past few seasons and i hope to god she’ll find the peace and laughter she so deserves down in mexico this summer. it’s been a fantastic journey shooting the show for you beautiful people – your love and support is overwhelming so THANK YOU. here’s to change, growth, and new chapters for all! lovelovelove xxxGilly


I added in the gallery HD captures with Gillian from episode 22 of “90210” season 4.

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90210 star Gillian Zinser has crossed over to the dark side.

The naturally blonde actress, 26, showed off her new brunette hair color at An Evening for Cambodian Children’s Fund in Beverly Hills on April 17. Zinser — who’s sported pink hair streaks in the past — recently spoke to Us Weekly about what’s coming up next on The CW’s 90210 (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST).

“There are some huge changes towards the end of the season. Someone gets married, somebody passes away, there’s a ton of breakups and reconciliations and triangles,” Zinser teased. “My character in particular goes way off the deep end, which has been really interesting to play around with.”

Off camera, things are much less dramatic.

“There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes,” Zinser told Us. “In fact, we always joke that it would make a really great reality show to show the behind the scenes on 90210. What goes on in hair and makeup is far more entertaining that a lot of what’s out there!”

So: do you like Gillian Zinser as a brunette?


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Planet Blue x FOAM magazine Coachella
pool party hosted by Gillian Zinser

Sunday / April 15 / 2012 / 12PM – 4PM

Don’t forget to RSVP!


Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor find a second chance at life. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.

Numerous celebrities have been supporting ‘Be The Match’ via PSA’s and heavy social – media blasts.

Not long ago, Shaq and LSU Coach Trent Johnson filmed a PSA encouraging African Americans to join the ‘Be The Match’ Registry to help save lives.

And last week, the CW’s 90210 stars Manish Dayal and Gillian Zinser released this PSA to increase bone marrow registry around the US. As the video explains, it’s really easy to swab your mouth and possibly save a life.

Last July, we spoke with Dayal about how he came to be involved with Be The Match.

“It all started with my character Raj on the show (90210). He suffers from a terminal illness. An organization called CureSonia.com reached out to me, which was a mini-grass roots campaign to find a match for Sonia. That turned into a larger partnership and was tied in with my character. We filmed a PSA (not yet released) Be the Match to increase bone marrow registry around the US.”

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The leading ladies of 90210 are known for their tiny frames, and Gillian Zinser is no exception.

“I guess I’m just built this way,” the svelte 26-year-old told Us Weekly at 2nd Annual Hollywood Rush Benefiting the Baby Dragon Fund in L.A. Sunday. “I’d love to put on a few pounds, so I hang out by the doughnuts [at craft service], but it hasn’t hit yet.”

Zinser joined The CW hit in 2009 as surfer chick Ivy Sullivan; she was promoted to series regular in February 2010.

“It’s a fun set and we’re all close in age and spirit,” Zinser said of costars AnnaLynne McCord, 24, Shenae Grimes, 22, Jessica Stroup, 25, Jessica Lowndes, 23, Matt Lanter, 28, Tristan Wilds, 22, and Michael Steger, 31.

“There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. In fact, we always joke that it would make a really great reality show to show the behind the scenes on 90210,” Zinser told Us. “What goes on in hair and makeup is far more entertaining that a lot of what’s out there!”

“The whole cast is a bunch of pranksters,” Zinser added. “We’re always laughing.”


Gillian posted via Twitter some a few pictures from her shooting in Palm Springs for FOAM magazine. Are you excited?

in palm springs shooting for @foammag with the brilliant brilliant zoey grossman!

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Production has already kicked off over in Los Angeles on Susanna Lo’s ‘Manson Girls’ and now even the public can get involved in this great project based on the notorious Manson family and more importantly murderer and conspirator Charles Manson. Manson will be played by actor Bill Moseley (‘The Devil’s Rejects’) and he’ll be joined by a slew of lovelies to appear as the ‘Manson Girls’. But hold the phone, because with a simple and generous eBay bid you could find yourself with your very own walk-on role in the movie! That’s right, Slomotion Studios are offering a lucky and successful bidder the opportunity to win a walk-on role, autographs from the cast and tickets for the Helter Skelter official tour in LA. So head over to eBay at the link below (where the bid is currently at US $1,525.00) and see if you can get yourself on set. It has to be worth it just for the potential opportunity of brushing shoulders with a range of hotties that include Monica Keena (‘Night of the Demons’), Laura Harring (‘One Missed Call’), Heather Matarazzo (‘Scream 3’), Stella Maeve (‘My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2’), Brit Morgan (‘True Blood’), Tania Raymonde (‘Lost’), Gillian Zinser (‘90210’), Taryn Manning -below (‘Hawaii Five-0’) and Estella Warren (‘Planet of the Apes’).

Do your best bidding over at the ‘Manson Girls’ eBay listing here.

‘Manson Girls’ follows a young girl from a wealthy Malibu family who fell under Manson’s spell. She was not one the “Family” members involved in the clan’s infamous murder spree but was later imprisoned after she became involved with the Aryan Brotherhood and was convicted of being an accessory (after the fact) to murder.


GILLIAN ZINSER, actress/artist/philanthropist and 90210 cast member tells i-D about the hills.

Chatting with Gillian Zinser, actress/artist/philanthropist and 90210 cast member, we were pleased to discover the exhaustingly talented 26- year-old is every bit as awesome as we had imagined.

Articulate, warm, switched on and straight-forward, the precocious performer is graduating from West Beverly Hills High to the big screen this year with high-profile parts in upcoming features Manson Girls and Oliver Stone’s Savages. A former student of NYU, Gillian continues to explore her studies off campus, which include the inter-disciplines of art, film and philanthropy. Creating self-reflexive portraits and volunteering with projects such as ‘Artists For Peace and Justice’ in Haiti, Gillian has built up a well-balanced CV and loyal following. Returning to UK screens this week as surfing tomboy Ivy Sullivan in Season 4 of 90210, Gillian Zinser speaks to i-D online about the revamped TV teen classic and her own adolescence, talks performance art and shares her top 10 artistic influences.

What was the all-American high school experience like for you? I had an odd experience in high school – remember that movie Mean Girls? Tina Fey adapted that from a book about my school written by someone that went to it… I wasn’t exactly the most popular and I didn’t have the best experience. I was itching to get out.

Did you watch 90210 back in the day? Yeah, of course. I wasn’t allowed to though – I used to sneak off to watch it.

Are you a Kelly or a Brenda? I can’t really tap into my bad girl very easily, I’m going to leave the Brendas to the AnnaLynne McCords of this world. Ivy’s not like Kelly either, she’s more of an Emily Valentine, that’s the direction I would have liked to take her in but they took me on a really different path.

What attracted you to the part of Ivy? She’s not your typical teen drama character. I think just that. I’m not one to watch soaps and, as I explained, my high school experience was very trying and tumultuous and often not a fun one. I guess, in short, I was attracted to Ivy as a character because she was more of a black sheep than anything else and even though she’s your average teenage girl who is riddled with insecurities, she’s found a way to be comfortable enough in her own skin not to conform. That’s a really fun and important thing to bring to television and our audiences in particular because we’re speaking to a large group of teenagers who for the most part are going through such a formative period of development.

What’s working with Tristan Wilds like? Had you seen The Wire before joining the cast? Tristan is the classiest cat around. He’s an extraordinary artist whose talents are far underutilised on the show.

Can you tell me more about your childhood growing up? I grew up in Washington, which I shy away from talking about because I feel so detached from the city because it was so devoid of artistic culture and I grew up in a family of artists. My father’s an architect and my mother’s a painter – we didn’t come from a family of politicians, and I often found that I couldn’t really relate to or associate with the city I grew up in. My Dad’s from New York and my Mom’s from Berlin so I spent a lot of time in between the city (NY) and DC, taking the $10 Chinese Fung Wah bus up every weekend just to hang out with people and seek out forms of inspiration that I could actually understand. The minute I could leave DC I did – I moved to New York for college and never looked back.

Did you study art or acting at New York? My parents didn’t allow me to go to Tisch so I went to Gallatin, which is a tiny school within NYU. They let you choose your own major so I decided to study the relationship between fine art, the entertainment industry and philanthropy and see where we can build bridges between them.

How did that lead into acting? All my life I’ve just wanted to be a storyteller, to share my take on the human experience and explore the consequences of what we do and why. I’ve been infatuated with the potency of film as a platform to tell stories and I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re talking through a script or the camera, I feel like I’m just here to share my perspective on things.

Are you still making art? Yeah, I’m always itching to make and create something. We have a million moments in between takes and scenes at work so I always have a pencil, a notebook or a camera on me – I’m addicted to the process of creation.

Have you ever done any performance art? I thought that might be a good medium for you… combining the two. A lot of people ask me that but no, I haven’t really had the desire to do that. For the moment I’m sticking to portraiture. I’m inspired by artists like Cindy Sherman… I’m on a show that takes up most of my year and I don’t get to play a lot of characters that I’d love to. Using my downtime to dress up for two seconds of a snap shot to play a character lets me sneak into the skin of someone I would one day like to be able to play but don’t have a chance to. So I guess that is a form of performance art.

What was the last exhibition you went to? I just got back from New York where I saw the Tim Burton exhibit. And did you go to the Tracey Emin show in London? At the White Cube Gallery? She’s so dirty, I love her!

Gillian’s Top 10 Artistic Influences

1. I’m currently obsessed with Marcel Dzama – he’s a Canadian contemporary artist.
2. Kati Heck is an artist I found in Berlin while I was travelling over there and I’ve been infatuated with her work ever since.
3. Goran Djurović – he’s a Serbian artist who I just discovered out at this gallery Obsolete, here in Los Angeles.
4. Mark Whelan is a good buddy of mine I met in Australia and he does something that looks like dipping dots mixed with S&M!
5. There’s a filmmaker, a guy named Cam Archer who just blows my mind… he made a film over here called Shit Year with Ellen Barkin and Luke Grimes and that’s definitely my favourite film of the year.
6. Also have you heard of a guy called Robbie Basho? He’s like one of THE uncelebrated 60s acoustic guitarists.
7. Also, a guy named Moondog – you have to look him up, he’s phenomenal. He dresses up like a Viking!
8. Then a band called Wiseblood who just put out their first EP this year.
9. My friend Malcolm Ford, he’ll be releasing a record later this year produced by Queens of the Stone Age.
10. Lastly a writer, a Kenyan author whose first novel/memoir is called ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’. His name is Binyavanga Wainaina – he writes about the kind of Africa that’s long been forgotten. It provides a better perspective than that of the Western world, looking in on what we imagine Africa to be.

Text: Frankie Mathieson


Please Join:
Olivia Wilde, Brandon Boyd, Gillian Zinser, Dawn Olivieri, Eva Amurri Martino + Kyle Martino, Will McCormack, Jason Pomeranc, Roxana Saidi, Ashlee Margolis, Baelyn Neff, Nico Mizrahi, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser, Irene Neuwirth, Moj Mahdara, Laurie Mulstay

for cocktails in support of ARTISTS for PEACE and JUSTICE

Thursday, January 5th
7:00-9:00 P.M.
Tickets: $75

Caulfield’s at the Thompson Hotel
9360 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

More event detalis: artistsforpeaceandjustice.eventbrite.com


The CW has launched Causes to Care About, an online destination where viewers can learn more about the charities embraced by the stars of their favorite CW shows, and donate to their favorite causes this holiday season.

Fans can go to causes.cwtv.com to find videos from stars of many of The CW’s primetime shows, in which each actor talks about why their chosen charity is one close to their heart. The site will also link to each actor’s chosen charity, so fans can easily donate directly to them.

Some of the participating actors include:

Gillian Zinser (90210) for Artists for Peace & Justice, and Waves for Water

Waves for Water is a non-profit organization founded by Jon Rose and supported by Hurley International. Waves for Water works on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. We work with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change.

Artists for Peace and Justice, established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. The organization’s immediate goal is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to the children living in the slums.


Ivy and Raj have called it quits, but what’s next for Ivy? Will she head off to New Guinea with the adorable professor or will she mourn in her failed marriage, not exposing herself to the world around her? It doesn’t seem like Raj plans on telling Ivy about the status of his health any time soon, but that doesn’t mean he won’t catch up with one of her friends and have her find out through the grapevine. There’s so much that could happen, it’s hard to predict what the writers will explore next week and what they will save for the second half of the season.

90210 airs its fall finale December 6, 2011 at 8/7c and returns January 10, 2012 on The CW.


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